Most of us have that one random family tradition: We have no idea how, why or when it started, but we’ve grown to love it. For me, it was waffles with strawberries at Nana’s house every Mother’s Day. Sometimes, there was also a birthday cake (my birthday occasionally falls on Mother’s Day), but it was always Mother’s Day waffles and strawberries.
Then and now, Mother’s Day brunch is much more than a typical Sunday brunch for me. It’s tradition. It’s honoring the matriarchs of my family. It’s taking time to sit and enjoy each other while eating and making waffles fresh to order.
The only problem is that typical waffle breakfasts aren’t the most nutrient-dense meals. So, I changed that. I packed some protein and health benefits into our waffles without losing the essence of the tradition — and let me tell you: My strawberry basil kombucha waffles are a huge hit.
Before I get to the recipe, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Don’t forget the carbonated water. Protein-rich batter doesn’t naturally yield a light waffle, so the carbonation in the mix is essential.
Add herbs. They’re an easy way to increase the nutritional value for any breakfast or meal. For these waffles, I added basil. If your family loves certain herbs, try them in the batter.
Macerate the berries. Berries are naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add a ton of sugar. The trick is to let the berries juice themselves. You can prepare them ahead of time and leave them in the fridge while you complete other recipe steps.
Use homemade whipped cream. Sure, buying a premade can or tub of whipped topping is easy, but the few extra minutes you spend making maple whipped cream will make every woman in your life feel extra-loved. Plus, it’s so good.
It’s not Mother’s Day brunch without some bubbly. It’s the perfect drink to pair with your strawberry basil kombucha waffles. Add some strawberries and basil to a rosé spritzer (recipe below). You can make the spritzer with the rosé on the side for those who don’t partake.
Your guests won’t be disappointed by this delicious brunch. May it bring you the joy and memories it has brought me. Salud!